Religion: Our Comfort or War Zone? [Written by Anthony Asiemo]

Religion, See what You have Led us to….

Religion according to the dictionary is: The belief in and worship of a supernatural controlling power, or a particular system of faith or any practice to which someone or some group is seriously devoted. There are several religion existing in the world today but this article will dwell on the two widely accepted religion “Christianity and Islam“.

As a christian, i was made to understand that God created the world and all that is in it. He made us all equal and commanded us to go into the world and multiply as well as to love every other being as we love ourselves. Growing up as a kid, i used to have the notion that God and Allah are different but as years rolled by and kids became boys, boys became men, i realized that they are one and the same person but christianed differently because of religious differences

I might not have the facts to go into the details of the discrepancies between the christians and the islamic group but as a christian, I learnt that the greatest commandment God [Allah] gave to us is to never worship another God beside him and to love our neighbours as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:35-40).

If in all the 10 commandments given by God, the above two are the greatest and if God and Allah are truly one but differentiated by religious belief, why then do we have so many trouble in the world today?

As a christian, i really do not know what the Islamic belief is but most of my muslim friends have concord to the fact that God and Allah are one and the same person. Am trying my best here not to stress on this issue as i might not know when i will offend God but my point here is, why is Religion bringing us so much pain? You will agree with me that ovet 60 percent of the problem in the world today is as a result of religious differences.

Putting the greatest commandment into perspective, one would realize that it is all encompassing covering all other commandments in God’s list of dos and don’ts. When you love your neighbour as yourself, you wouldn’t steal from him/her, when you love your neighbour as yourself, you won’t lie against them nor will u kill that neighbour or do anything that will hurt them. Life is simple, just love your neighbour like you love yourself and everything will be just fine. But man being a disobedient creature from time immemorial once again choose to disregard this priceless commandment of God.
Without much exaggeration, the Churches and Mosques in this world should be more than half the population of the world put together. The most painful part of it all is that crime rate, hatred and all other evil vices is ten times more than the population of the world. This brings to mind theses all important questions…what are our religious heads and leaders doing? Why is it so difficult to love our nighbour? Why kill people? why lie against people? Why steal from people? Why enrich yourself from other people’s wealth? Why discriminate other churches/religion?

In as much as i can’t say much about the islamic belief, i do not think any God [Allah] will command you to kill the neighbour he has once commanded you to love. The ISIS, BOKO HARAM and other Islamic militant groups believe that killing people takes them to heaven and sadly, some of us have been brain-washed to believe this evil deed.

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